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Glendalough International Youth Hostel
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We slept there for one night. There wasn't any delightful surprise... Every single bed had gum stuck in its structure, the wc didn't work and the shower wasn't as clean as we would have desired. But the staff was charming, the entrance it's particularly comfortable to read for example, and the breakfast is the typical you will find at any hotel. Overall if I have more money to spend next time, I will try to go to one of the hotels (mainly because I can't sleep if I know my bed is not clean), but it wasn't that bad. You can totally go there, just don't expect to enter a very clean dorm.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
Thank Paula B
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Me and my boyfriend stayed in a mixed dorm after completing a 14 k hike. The hostel itself was fine, though the common areas were unnaturally quiet and it felt as though we had to speak in whispers even around 7-8 pm. However we were slightly put out by some of the (seemingly very new) staff, who were doing everything very much by the books. They were all friendly and nice to deal with, but after an hour and a half drive from Dublin to be told you can't use the bathroom for another two hours because it won't be clean is pretty annoying. The same happened as we were leaving, and we couldn't brush our teeth because the communal bathroom was being cleaned again and for some reason it takes hours? But it was a comfortable enough stay.
The room itself was incredibly noisy, what with the two tourists we shared with getting up at six a.m. to blow dry their hair, clomp around in boots and talk as loudly as they could until they left at 10 a.m. But that is no fault of the hostel, rather our own for booking a mixed dorm.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Floe_Davis
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

We stayed one night in Glendalough. The staff were so lovely and extremely helpful. The beds are clean enough and comfortable and the self catering kitchen is well stocked.

There are however two large rooms that would be wonderful social/ relaxing spaces, being put to no use. We would have loved somewhere to properly enjoy the great DVD collection provided, with sofas etc but instead there are empty spaces with stacked conference chairs, whilst all sofas sit in the reception area.

In light of the fact there is no where to go out to in the evening in the area, the hostel must invest much more effort in improving the social experience we believe (table tennis/ table football/ snooker perhaps)

If you require just a good bed and clean shower, then you'll find this hostel to be just great... if the hostel had to compete with any where else, they'd really have to provide more than just this.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
Thank maximilianraynor98
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Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Can't beat the location. Nestled right in the quiet part of Glendalough which was especially delightful after the visitor center closed and tourists went home. Had the quiet Monastic site, trails, lakes, and fields with sheep all to ourselves.
Stay was acceptable. Booked a private room for 4 with private bath. Was given a room for 6 at no extra cost. 3 sets of bunk beds. Location was on the main floor and at the back corner of the building with windows overlooking green vegetation. Private bath was clean. Towels not included but can be obtained at the from desk for use for a few Euros. Free parking on site.
Beds were basic, pillows were flat and sheets/duvets not necessarily fresh. White, crisp clean sheets and pillow cases provided for a fresh layer. We put two of our flat pillows in the pillow case to make better sleeping.
Plenty of room to sit in the main reception area, dining room and outside areas. Wi-if works when in the main areas-- not in our room.
Paid a few Euros for breakfast in the morning. Simple dining but got us fueled.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
Thank ELBanks
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

We booked a family (4 bed) room with private en suite. Room very tired, dirty old carpet, mattresses knackered, and worst of all the sheets on the bed were dirty. To be fair to the hostel staff, when we complained about the bedsheets they were profusely apologetic and refunded some of our money for the night. Kitchen was clean but not nearly enough space if the hostel is full to capacity. There is nowhere to store your food if it doesn't go in the fridge and the two fridges were packed full as there was a big group staying. We had to keep our food in the bedroom.

On the plus side, the youth group which was staying seemed to be having a great time and there were ample space for 'hanging out'- a few living room areas and big gardens etc. I'd say it's an ideal space for a youth group. No wifi in the rooms which is nice. Plenty of DVDs available to borrow and you can watch them in a couple of different living rooms.

It's not for us- far too expensive to for a room that was in dire need of a good clean and new mattresses. But I'd be happy to recommend for youth groups who didn't mind roughing it a bit.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Shirley M
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Address: The Lodge, Glendalough Village, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Vale of Glendalough > Glendalough Village
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Glendalough Village
Price Range: €31 - €75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Glendalough International Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 21
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